Baker School of Business – The Citadel Today Fri, 15 Oct 2021 17:28:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Baker School of Business – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 My Ring Story: a lifelong dream Wed, 13 Oct 2021 16:28:51 +0000 picture-with-the-cadets-from-left-to-right-is-Avery-Canady-me-Porter-Beal-Tim-Toomer-Marie-Le-Gallo-Blake-Durden-Evan-Lambrecht-George-Mock-and-Colby-Bennett.-scaled.jpegpicture-with-the-cadets-from-left-to-right-is-Avery-Canady-me-Porter-Beal-Tim-Toomer-Marie-Le-Gallo-Blake-Durden-Evan-Lambrecht-George-Mock-and-Colby-Bennett.-scaled.jpeg"I have honestly envisioned this moment all my life."]]> picture-with-the-cadets-from-left-to-right-is-Avery-Canady-me-Porter-Beal-Tim-Toomer-Marie-Le-Gallo-Blake-Durden-Evan-Lambrecht-George-Mock-and-Colby-Bennett.-scaled.jpegpicture-with-the-cadets-from-left-to-right-is-Avery-Canady-me-Porter-Beal-Tim-Toomer-Marie-Le-Gallo-Blake-Durden-Evan-Lambrecht-George-Mock-and-Colby-Bennett.-scaled.jpeg

Meet Jacob Lane Rush, Class of 2022

Photo above from left to right: Avery Canady, Jacob, Porter Beal, Tim Toomer, Marie Le Gallo, Blake Durden, Evan Lambrecht, George Mock and Colby Bennett.

MSG Jacob Lane Rush is from Concord, North Carolina, is majoring in Business Administration. and has earned gold stars for academic achievement. After graduation he plans to attend law school to eventually become a corporate attorney.

Q. What quote is engraved inside your ring and what is its significance?

A. Inside my ring I have the Bible verse Colossians 3:23 which says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” This is a hugely significant verse to me because I believe that everything we do must be done to the best of our ability to glorify God, and my Citadel experience was no different.

Q. Did you ever envision the day you’d earn your ring?

A. I have honestly envisioned this moment all my life. I have dreamt about earning the ring since I was very young, and it has always been a goal of mine.

Q. Who inspired you to begin/continue your journey here at The Citadel?

A. I would definitely say that my parents were a huge inspiration to me. They were the ones that introduced me to the school from a very young age, and they always said I had what it took to make it at The Citadel. My mom was especially inspirational. She always told me that she thought I was “born to go to The Citadel,” and that simple statement carried me through many ups and downs during my experience.

“This is my family on my first Parents Weekend, Oct 4, 2019. From left to right you’ll see my brother, Jackson, mom, Tamara and dad, Jeff.”

Q. What is a song that describes your emotions leading up to this time in your college career?

A. The song that runs through my head the most often is Country Roads by John Denver. Not only does this song make me think about my late grandfather, who serves as an inspiration and role model, but it also makes me think about the journey that I’ve been on.

Q. What are three things The Citadel taught you that you wouldn’t have learned at another college?

A. One of the main things that I have learned is how much I have to be thankful for. Knob year was a huge eye opener about how lucky I am, and it has seriously changed my views when I return home. Additionally, I’ve learned that you always have a little more to give than what your mind tells you. More times than I can count I have been in situations here when I thought I was was giving 100 percent, but then when needing to dig even deeper, The Citadel taught me how to summon the energy I needed to get through the challenge. Finally, and most importantly, The Citadel taught me how to let go and trust God in my life. It goes without saying that every day is filled with challenges, and I learned that I couldn’t deal with all these on my own and that I needed to tell my troubles to God and he would get me through them.

Q. What will you miss most about your time here?

A. I am already beginning to realize that what I will miss the most is the friendships. It hit me recently that while we will be lifelong friends, in a few short months, we will never be able to joke around on the galleries or go to mess together again. There will be no more marching in parades or staying up all night to clean for an inspection. I think I will miss that more than anything in the world.

About The Citadel Class of 2022 Ring Stories

Left to right: MSG Olivia Hime, Regimental Public Affairs NCO, and MAJ Samantha Walton, Regimental Public Affairs Officer, Class of 2022

The Class of 2022 Ring Presentation Ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 1. The stories presented here are the result of the leadership of Regimental Public Affairs officer, Major Samantha Walton, and Regimental Public Affairs Non Commissioned Officer, Cadet Olivia Hime. Both women will also receive their rings and will graduate in May.

Walton, who is from Macon, Georgia, attends The Citadel on an U.S. Army scholarship and will accept a commission to become an officer upon graduating. She is majoring in Political Science and holds the Charles Foster Scholarship.

Hime, who is from Holly Springs, North Carolina, is a junior and a member of The Citadel Honors Program. She is majoring in Biology, has repeatedly earned gold stars and President’s List positions for academic excellence. Hime will graduate in May, a year early, and plans to attend medical school to become a physician.

Stantec Hires Veteran Coastal Engineer to Bolster Coastal and Marine Practice Tue, 24 Aug 2021 19:31:16 +0000 Chris Mack earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Citadel and has more than 30 years of engineering, management, and leadership experience]]>

Note: Chris Mack earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Citadel in 2018.

As seen in Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine

Leading global design firm Stantec has strengthened its ability to deliver coastal, marine, and resiliency solutions with the addition of Chris Mack, PE, MBA, PMP, D.CE. Mack will serve as a principal, regional director, and coastal engineering leader for a variety of services offered by Stantec’s Coastal and Marine practice. Based out of the Charleston, South Carolina office, Mack will support private and public clients, both locally and worldwide.

Mack brings more than 30 years of engineering, management, and leadership experience, including 13 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). He is an expert in hydrology, hydraulics, coastal engineering, GIS, floodplain management, risk analysis, numerical modeling, software engineering, construction, design-bid-build, and program and project management. In leadership roles, Mack has served as a lead coastal engineering technical professional, a coastal planning and engineering team manager, and as a data science technical team manager.

“As we continue to aggressively expand our services in coastal and marine environments, we’re confident that Chris’ extensive knowledge and experience will support our mission and reinforce the high-quality services we provide our clients,” said Dom Kempson, vice president, and Water Sector lead for Environmental Services at Stantec. “We’re excited to welcome him to our team.”

In this role, Mack will advance Stantec’s Coastal and Marine practice, including its people, technologies, and clients, with an emphasis on natural hazards and risks, numerical modeling (e.g., storm surge and erosion), coastal zone management, coastal engineering, environmental restoration, climate change, and resiliency.

Most recently, he served as a senior coastal engineering advisor on the USACE’s Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Project in Galveston, Texas, led coastal and data management teams for the Texas General Land Office’s regional flood risk and mitigation studies, and oversaw coastal engineering teams who developed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s coastal modeling, analyses, and flood hazard mapping for the Southeast coast of the United States from Cape Lookout, North Carolina to the Florida Keys.

Mack has also served as a coastal lead on multiple port and marine, navigation, and dredging projects for state port agencies, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. His recent resiliency projects include the Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Daytona Beach. Mack has also supported South Carolina clients with coastal engineering, numerical modeling, and resiliency projects, including the SC Department of Natural Resources, the SC Department of Transportation, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control – Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and the City of Charleston.

Mack earned a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel, a Master of Science in computer science from the College of Charleston and The Citadel. He earned a Master of Science in civil engineering with an emphasis in coastal engineering and modeling and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources from North Carolina State University. He has given numerous presentations for multiple conferences and professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, South Carolina Beach Advocates, Association of Floodplain Management, North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers, and the South Carolina Association for Hazard Mitigation.

MUSC, Citadel collaborate on health innovation initiative Sat, 10 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 The program will create a core team that will develop innovative products focused on improving the health of state residents.]]>

Photo: The lobby of Bastin Hall, the home of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Teri Griffis

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Surgery Human-Centered Design Program and The Citadel Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business Innovation Lab will collaborate on a joint effort.

The program will create a core team of medical students, residents and Citadel cadets and students who will develop innovative products focused on improving the health of state residents, MUSC said in a news release.

Both programs similarly promote innovative thinking. The BSB Innovation Lab focuses on teaching students the value of ground-breaking thinking and offers then the chance and guidance to invent and helm business ideas, build out a business plan and pitch ideas to investors.

MUSC’s HCD program was founded to develop original ways to solve unmet surgical and medical needs. The program is led by Joshua Kim and was established under the leadership of chief of surgical oncology Dr. David Mahvi and vice chair of research Michael Yost, Ph.D.

The two programs were brought together in March 2020 when the country faced protective mask shortages, particularly N-95 versions, as the pandemic picked up pace.

During that time, Kim’s team of biomedical engineers and medical professionals developed plans for 3D-printed masks. The BSB Innovation Lab then collaborated with MUSC to print more than 500 masks to help to resolve the region’s shortage.

“Through this new partnership, we can seamlessly innovate a design, develop a business plan and produce products that improve patient care,” said Mahvi.

By coming together, the partnership promotes collaboration, academic growth and learning opportunities students may not have experienced in their respective schools. Residents and medical students are immersed in business training and entrepreneurship skills, while business students are exposed to the health care system.

By working together, Capt. James Bezjian, director of the Innovation Lab and an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the Baker School of Business, said the schools are able to work on projects that have “life-changing” capabilities.

“The relationship the BSB Innovation Lab built with MUSC during the height of the pandemic provided an opportunity for us to partner and continue working toward improving the lives of medical professionals and the patients they take care of,” Bezjian said.

When provincial and state populations exceed 9.5 million, government spending and taxes tend to increase; implications for Ontario, California and New York Fri, 09 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 The researcher, Russell Sobel, Ph.D., is a professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship with the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.]]>

Note: Russell Sobel, Ph.D., is a professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship with the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

As seen in Yahoo Finance

Provinces and states such as Ontario, California and New York whose populations have grown beyond 9.5 million people tend to have higher levels of government spending, higher taxes and less flexible labour markets, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan, Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Government spending and taxes, and labour market flexibility, or what has been referred to as economic freedom is linked high levels of prosperity, economic growth and overall well-being,” said Professor Russell Sobel, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and author of The Determinants of Subnational Economic Freedom.

The study, which analyzes 158 states and provinces in seven countries, uses data from the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of North America report (and other reports modelled after it) to determine the optimal population size for states and provinces (subnational jurisdictions) to maximize economic freedom.

The study finds that subnational economic freedom for states and provinces, including in Canada and the U.S., are negatively related with population at levels above a size of roughly 9.5 million people. Economic freedom rises with population initially, attains a maximum (roughly 9.5 million), then begins to decline as population grows larger.

“Simply put, being too large is a disadvantage in terms of achieving high levels of economic freedom,” said Sobel.

“This has implications for states and provinces whose populations already exceed 9.5 million as well as those subnational jurisdictions experiencing population growth in terms of their ability to maintain reasonable levels of government spending and taxes.”

Great careers, graduate college and more; it’s straight to business for members of the Class of 2021 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 This year, approximately 150 cadets, 40 college transfer students and 90 graduate students earned a degree through the BSB.]]>

There are thousands of ways a graduate can use a business degree to help improve their local and global communities.

Now, thanks to the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, there are hundreds of leaders in the field doing just that.

This year, approximately 150 cadets, 40 college transfer students and 90 graduate students earned a degree through the BSB.

Business degrees are some of the most popular at The Citadel, offering graduates flexible career paths through the three departments and associated pathways: Accounting and FinanceManagement and Entrepreneurship; and Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics.

The Class of 2021 also has the unique distinction of being the first to graduate after the opening of Bastin Hall, the new home for the BSB.

Take a look at just some of the outstanding outcomes achieved by members of this year’s graduating class:

Cadet Patrick Kress, earning the rewards of his investment
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

(left to right) Grandmother Marjorie Smith, father Adrian Kress (’89), Patrick Kress (’21) and grandfather James Dawson Smith Jr. (’59)

In keeping with his business mindset, Patrick Kress’s decision to join the South Carolina Corps of Cadets came down to two things: investment and inheritance.

Kress comes from a long line of alumni. His father, Adrian Kress, ’89, grandfather, James Dawson Smith Jr., ’59, and great grandfather, James Dawson Smith Sr., ’34, are all members of the Long Gray Line.

“Besides my family legacy, I knew that I would grow more at The Citadel and that it would be a good long-term investment,” said Kress. “Looking back and visiting my friends at other colleges, I never doubted my decision. I also know now how much more I have achieved due to attending a place that pushes you to be your best.”

Kress, who served as the Fifth Battalion Commander his senior year, now serves as a marketing representative at Federated Insurance, one of the country’s largest mutual insurance companies. In his new role, he will help clients with property, casualty and life insurance — all while working to grow his territory by adding quality customers.

“Challenging yourself will only help your future self, doing things that are comfortable will only make you stagnant,” said Kress.

Cadet Brett Martin, interning and getting ready to master finance
Bachelor of Science in Finance, minor in Economics

Brett Martin just outside of Lesesne Gateway on The Citadel campus.

Brett Martin was in high school when he first felt pulled to The Citadel. That’s where his mentor, an alumnus, helped him see the benefits of an education from the Military College of South Carolina — especially how the challenging environment provided more than just a degree.

“The Citadel doesn’t just give you a handful of useful tools — it transforms you, and alumni become the embodiment of what makes the institution what it is,” said Martin. “The Citadel does not make superstars, it makes men and women who are willing and able to do one more than everyone else and, overtime, consistency exponentially grows success.”

For Martin, the transformation meant realizing that his passion was not to work in law but, instead, finance. Now, having earned four year’s worth of skills, both in and out of The Citadel classrooms, Martin has been accepted into Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, a consistently top-ranked business school in the nation.

Throughout the summer, he will intern as a high Yield Summer Analyst with Barings Global Investment Management in Charlotte, NC.

“The Citadel provides a unique college experience that holds value within every future career path,” said Martin. “A strong foundation of discipline, time management and leadership are great prerequisites for success and can place you ahead of your peers within the job market.”

Ashley Bowers, in the business of keeping women healthy
Master of Business Administration

Ashley Bowers on The Citadel campus

Ashley Bowers wanted her MBA to help keep women in her community healthy.

Bowers is the practice administrator at The Breast Place, a local, Charleston company that provides for women facing life’s challenges. As administrator, she manages the company’s financials, as well as human resources, marketing, compliance, credentialing and day-to-day operations; another goal Bowers has is to bring in more providers and create a bigger team.

“I specifically decided to get my MBA to help me run this practice more efficiently so that we are able to provide a better and more cost-effective service to our patients. A medical practice is very much a business — we are not owned by a corporation that sets our budgets, pays for our overhead or handles our HR policies, so gaining this knowledge has really helped me and this company perform better.”

A large factor in helping Bowers, a working mom, get her education and help improve The Breast Place was the option to earn her degree online.

“Having the ability to attend classes online while still having a local presence if I ever needed to reach out for help was great,” she said. “The flexibility of the online platform gave me the opportunity to still run my business, care for my family and expand my education at the same time.”

Since becoming administrator, she says the practice moved to a larger office, added an aesthetic line of service,. upgraded their electronic medical records system, changed protocols for scheduling patient appointments and surgeries, hired two additional midlevel providers and more.

To learn more about the programs offered through the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, click here or email

Side effects of pipeline shutdown linger in Lowcountry Sat, 15 May 2021 18:00:00 +0000 "It has grown into a larger disruption because of the panic buying behavior," said Hee Yoon Kwon, a supply chain management professor at The Citadal.]]>

As seen on WCIV – ABC News 4, by Tara Jabour

Click here to watch the on-air coverage.

Colonial Pipeline said they are rebooting the pipeline that was attacked by ransomware over the weekend.

But the side effects of the problems are lingering in The Lowcountry.

But fuel in The Lowcountry is supplied through another source besides the Colonial pipeline.

The mad dash for gas is what’s slowing the process, not the supply of the fuel.

“Well that’s something that really concerns me. I’m an interpreter and I go all over the state of South Carolina and even out of state,” said Miriam Berrouet, a Lowcountry resident.

Some people are worried about a gas shortage.

“My barometer to decide what’s going on in our country right now is the gas prices. Think about what it was at the end of last year versus what’s happening now. As gas goes, so does our country go,” said Cheryl Taylor, a Lowcountry resident.

Drivers aren’t the only ones dealing with lines. The same goes for gas station owners.

A man who owns nearly two dozen Lowcountry stations spoke with us.

He says two companies, Kinder Morgan and Buckeye, have fuel terminals in North Charleston.

Their product is brought in by barge on the Cooper River.

That gas is then supplied to the Lowcountry gas stations.

But the problem was when Colonial Pipeline shut down, trucks from all over South Carolina and into North Carolina came to The Lowcountry for gas, leading to a backup of trucks at the two terminals. He’s hearing drivers are waiting 4 hours to get gassed up.

“It has grown into a larger disruption because of the panic buying behavior and fear of running out of gas has taken control,” said Hee Yoon Kwon, an assistant professor of supply chain management at The Citadel.

The way to help ease the pain at the pump is to only get gas when you need it, panic buying is causing stations to run dry.

“If no one ran to the gas station to top off their gas tanks to hoard gas in a panic buying behavior then we wouldn’t have any problems whatsoever,” said Hee Yoon Kwon.

One of the reasons why gas is more expensive in The Lowcountry is because it’s more expensive to bring fuel in by the barge, while in the upstate they rely more directly on the pipeline and terminals.

Click here to watch the on-air coverage.

Rick and Mary Lee Bastin honored in ribbon-cutting ceremony Fri, 14 May 2021 21:52:27 +0000 Bastin Hall, a state-of-the-art academic facility, was made possible because of a $6-million gift from the couple.]]>

The Citadel Foundation recognizes the two primary donors for the new home of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

In a small, family ceremony — with limited attendance due to COVID precautions — The Citadel and The Citadel Foundation (TCF) recognized the efforts of Rick Bastin, Class of 1965, and his wife Mary Lee, that made the college’s newest academic building into a reality.

Bastin Hall, a state-of-the-art academic facility, was made possible because of a $6-million gift from the couple.

On Friday, May 14, the Bastins attended a small ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building, held in their honor.

“I was a Mercedes dealer, and the CEO of Mercedes used to preach to us: ‘We need to amaze and delight our customers.’ Well, this building amazes and delights me, and it’s beyond my greatest dreams that it would come out this well,” said Rick Bastin during the ceremony. “If you look back at Bond Hall and if you look at Bastin Hall now — this is not your grandfather’s Oldsmobile, this is something else.”

Rick Bastin, ’65, speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Bastin Hall.

The new home for the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is located on Hagood Avenue, near the football stadium. The building officially opened for classes in January 2021.

“It’s going to last — it’s not something that we did for one year. It was a project, and everyone will get the benefit of it. The building will be here for a long time” said Mary Lee Bastin. “We’ve been coming here forever, and the place has really grown. The quality of the students is just magnificent.”

In addition to the Bastins, more than 50 other individuals, families, businesses and Citadel classes stepped forward to name spaces within the building, providing the substantial donations needed to fully realize the vision for the building through TCF. In all, more than 450 donors contributed to the project at some level.

Once circumstances allow, this small ceremony will be followed by a larger, more public event to celebrate all those who contributed to the building’s construction.

Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, presenting a framed article on Bastin Hall to Rick Bastin

In addition to the upcoming event, plaques located throughout Bastin Hall recognize the areas funded by individual gifts, such as the Darby Family Lobby, in recognition of the Georgia and John Darby Family, ’85; the Jimmy Kerr, ’65, and Bunny Kerr Family Rooftop Terrace; and the Class of 1977 Great Lawn.

About the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

The Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business develops innovative leaders of principle to serve a global community. The school is accredited by AACSB International and is a recognized leader in business education. 

‘Made for it:’ Bridgeport, WV native Rush III hopes to continue family military tradition Wed, 28 Apr 2021 18:03:41 +0000 In three years, John Rush III aspires to graduate with a Citadel business degree and become a fourth-generation military service member.]]>

As seen in The Exponent Telegram, by Jonathan Weaver

In three years, John Rush III aspires to be a fourth-generation military service member in his family.

A Bridgeport native, Rush began studying business administration at The Citadel, a state-funded military institution in Charleston, South Carolina, in August. Rush is contemplating a double-major in finance.

“I want to fly with the Air Force, but if that doesn’t pan out, I want a good major that I can live off of,” Rush said. “My dad (John II) was in the Army … but he pushed me to go Air Force. I was in the Civil Air Patrol since seventh grade and that really sparked my interest in aviation and the Air Force.

“I’ve wanted to fly jets all my life, and the Army only has helicopters.”

Rush III, 19, will study for his private pilot’s license at North Central West Virginia Airport beginning June 6. He hopes to be able to fly by July 31.

Father John Rush II, now a government employee since he retired in 2017, was a combat helicopter pilot and served as an aviator for 32 years before retiring as a captain. Rush II deployed three times, including to Germany, Afghanistan and Africa.

John Rush III stands with his father, John Rush II, and mother, Shannon

“He made sure right out of the gate that I wanted this, that I wanted the challenge,” Rush III said. “I told him that I did, and so far I’ve made it happen.”

Rush II joined the National Guard at 17 years old before graduating Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg (where Rush III also graduated from in 2020). Rush II also graduated from The Citadel in 1991.

“My great-grandfather from Clarksburg served in World War II and my dad (John) served in the National Guard for 22 years,” John Rush II said. “I went to drill with my dad from time to time, kind of grew up around it. My son knows all about my career. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s made for it. I encouraged him to do the best he could no matter what he did.”

John Rush III stands by his grandparents, including grandfather and military veteran John Rush (left)

Rush II was proud his son joined the Civil Air Patrol when he was 12 years old and attended military camps, Boys State or youth leadership camps during the summer. Rush III aged out of Civil Air Patrol as a chief master sergeant.

“We talked about him enlisting all the time. He tried to get into the (United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Air Force Academy) and had the nominations from (U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Representative David McKinley) but chose to go to The Citadel,” Rush II said. “He’s a very traditional kid.”

Nominations are not necessary to enroll at The Citadel, but Rush II still applauded his son for being accepted based on physical testing and academic requirements (some more stringent than when Rush II enrolled).

“We’re all real proud of John,” Rush II said.

Rush III, who also has three older siblings (stepbrother Joseph Butcher, half-brother Dillion Browning and sister Ashley Mossallatti) who did not choose a military path, was among the nearly 1,400 cadets and students recognized for their academic achievements during the fall 2020 semester. The dean’s list is a recognition given to cadets and students who are registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher, with no grade of I (Incomplete) and no grade below C for work in a semester.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students alternate between in-person, socially distant courses and online Zoom instruction during the week.

The family calls All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport their home parish.

Aside from academics, Rush III is also a member of The Citadel’s Cordell Airborne Ranger Club and Flying Club.

“(Cordell Airborne Ranger Club) is mostly made up of Army cadets, but my dad was in it and I like the idea of small unit tactics. I think it’s a really good exercise,” Rush III said.

John Rush graduated from Notre Dame High School in the Class of 2020

The club, named after late-Captain Terry Cordell — a graduate of The Citadel and one of the first special forces officers in the U.S. Army, prepares cadets for Cadet Initial Entry Training and Cadet Leadership Course with realistic infantry tactics, techniques and procedures.

Due to his collegiate choice, Rush III will train during the summer months and graduate not only with his degree of choice but also as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Before transferring to Notre Dame High School, Rush III played football, lacrosse and wrestled his sophomore year at Bridgeport High School.

Citadel alum calls in Chick-fil-A manager to help a drive-thru Covid-19 vaccination clinic Sat, 13 Feb 2021 11:00:00 +0000 When a drive-thru COVID vaccine clinic left people waiting for hours, the town mayor called in a professional for help: a Chick-fil-A manager.]]>

Note: Mayor Will Haynie (photo left), a member of The Citadel Class of 1983 who earned a Business Administration degree, was elected mayor of Mount Pleasant in 2017.

As seen on CNN, by Alaa Elassar

When a South Carolina drive-thru coronavirus vaccine clinic got backed up, leaving people waiting for hours, the town mayor decided to call in a professional for help: a Chick-fil-A manager.

Local hospitals in Mount Pleasant opened the clinic on January 22 for residents eligible to receive the first shots of Covid-19 vaccine. But shortly after the drive-thru opened, the computer system handling registrations went down, causing hundreds of people to wait in heavy traffic.

That’s when Jerry Walkowiak, the manager of a nearby Chick-fil-A, stepped in to save the day.

“When I heard about it, I called Jerry and asked if he would come help us out,” Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie told CNN. “After he looked it over, he said, ‘There’s your problem right there. It’s backed up because you have one person checking people in.’ Then he showed us how to do it right.”

With the help of a few additional volunteers, Walkowiak transformed the messy traffic jam into a smooth operation, reducing the hours-long wait to just 15 minutes.

More than 1,000 people received the vaccine that day, Haynie said. When everyone returns for their second dose on February 12, Walkowiak will be back to help manage the drive-thru.

“At Chick-fil-A, we’re about being the most caring company in the world, and when Mayor Haynie asked us to come over, we took a look at what was their drive-thru system,” Walkowiak told news station WCBD.

“We saw a little hiccup in their drive-thru system, and we needed some more people, so we gathered some of the wonderful Rotary volunteers and went down there and just was able to expedite the registration part.”

More than 29 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States, according to data published Saturday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the US still has a long way to go before the pandemic is over, Haynie hopes his town’s experience will encourage others to get vaccinated and help with vaccine efforts.

“Jerry got a phone call and dropped everything because he knows getting this vaccine out is a game changer,” Haynie said. “This is what the light at the end of the long Covid tunnel looks like.”

The Citadel to use new technology to enhance virtual learning Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:28:45 +0000 Classrooms at The Citadel are now equipped with new technology called Swivl that helps brings the in-class experience to virtual learning via Zoom.]]>

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2 by Katie Augustine

Classrooms at The Citadel are now equipped with new technology to bring the in-class experience to virtual learning.

It’s called swivl. It adds a little something extra to a traditional zoom call.

“What is does is allows us to have face-to-face classes while still practicing social distance,” said Maria Aselage, an adjunct professor in the Baker School of Business at The Citadel. “And in addition to that, it’s going to give students the experience of being a cadet on campus which is so very important to The Citadel mission.”

The technology is in a small tool called a marker. It contains a microphone. The professor carries the marker around with them and that allows the swivl to rotate and follow them wherever they walk in a classroom.

“I think that’s what makes it real special is that we can walk anywhere. To the back of the class, the front of the class. Either side of the class and the swivl’s going to follow us,” said Aselage.

One cadet at The Citadel has the opportunity to test out the new technology today with Aselage. Typically, Amanda Teague prefers face-to-face instruction, but after testing out the swivl she feels more optimistic about learning virtually.

“It’s more like an actual lecture. Whereas, during spring break, it was just the teacher’s face and it wasn’t very interactive, but just with this tool it’s going to help a lot. It’s going to keep us more engaged as well,” said Teague.

The Citadel is taking more steps to ensure a safe semester for everyone on campus. For more about Operation Fall Return 2020, click here.